Western Ontario Drama League

Newsletter September 2023

In this issue:
  • Prez Sez
  • Adjudications Update
  • Alexander Galant - 2023/2024 Adjudicator
  • Theatre Woodstock Got It!
  • Stage Management Workshop at Guelph Little Theatre - Saturday 16 September
  • Community Theatre in the WODL Region
  • What's on this Season in the Bruce-Grey-Huron Region
  • Off the Wall - Fall 2023
  • Playwrights Canada Press
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet
  • Concord Theatricals New Plays
  • If you are Producing Canadian Plays this Season - Check This Out
  • Is your WODL Membership Information Up-to-date?
  • Dates for your Diary
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Prez Sez

By Linda Lloyd-McKenzie, WODL President, president@wodl.on.ca

It can’t be September already! Summer just started, didn’t it? 

There’s pumpkin spice in the air which can only mean one thing; it’s time to get back to theatre! It’s time to work away at fall productions and castings for winter and early spring ones. It’s also time to get your adjudication forms in. The deadline for submissions is September 15th. All the information regarding adjudications can be found on the WODL website at this link: https://0901.nccdn.net/4_2/000/000/010/19b/adj.application.23-24.doc

I am looking forward to attending more adjudications this year, as I find them thought-provoking and inspiring. I encourage everyone to attend a couple, if not only to learn to grow and improve your theatre acumen, but also to help support your local theatre companies. 

Theatrically yours,

Linda Lloyd-McKenzie

Adjudications Update

By Ken Menzies, WODL Adjudications Chair, adjudications@wodl.on.ca

Near the end of August, I had received 3 applications for adjudication in 2023-24. On the first weekend in September, I sent emails to all the groups who had not applied attaching an application form inviting them to apply for an adjudication.

Shortly after Friday September 15, I will produce an adjudication schedule in consultation with our travelling Festival adjudicator, Alexander Galant. Then I will notify each group of their adjudication date. Shortly after this an adjudication schedule will be posted on the WODL website: http//www.wodl.on.ca.

Alexander Galant - 2023/2024 Adjudicator

By Ken Menzies, WODL Adjudications Chair, adjudications@wodl.on.ca

Alexander Galant is the WODL travelling Festival adjudicator.

In 2024, as in 2023, WODL is not hosting a traditional 5 day Festival and the travelling Festival adjudicator will allocate all the awards.

After Alexander took the Theatre Ontario adjudicator course from Ron Cameron in 2016, I heard him adjudicate The Best Brothers by Daniel Maclvo at the Curtain Club in Toronto and thought he gave an excellent adjudication. He was to have been our travelling adjudicator until COVID forced WODL to shift to workshops. Before COVID began he acted in, and directed, many plays, but when COVID began he switched to film as a way of earning a living.

Alexander Galant - Biography

Alexander Galant is a director, screenwriter, and novelist. Working in almost every technical position in theatre gave Alexander the background to direct some highly technically challenging productions such as Singin' in the Rain where it rained across the entire stage. The Wizard of Oz was one of the first productions in the GTA to use projections to mix computer-generated fx with live action. Recently Titanic the Musical where he created the illusion of the sinking at the St Jacobs Country Playhouse.

His experience as an actor has been helpful when directing more character-driven shows such as Les Misérables, Twelve Angry Men, Love Letters, and the Toronto Premiere of the new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Alexander was offered full Equity Membership after directing Anne Frank but had to turn it down due to the financial responsibilities of a new baby on the way.

Taking a leave of absence from theatre, Alexander was the historical researcher and ghostwriter of a Gothic novel (with Shakespearean elements) that was on the New York Times Best Sellers List, and followed up by publishing his own award-winning novel.

Alexander earns his living working in the film industry, had been a full member of the Directors Guild of Canada, and is currently freelancing as a script supervisor with IATSE. He has written and directed his own award-winning films and recently directed extra scenes and special effects sequences for the TV series CHUCKY (second season).

Theatre Woodstock Got It!

During the summer, Off the Wall offered a free set to any group that could remove it to their theatre. Theatre Woodstock was the lucky recipient of this set. We all look forward to seeing how they use it!

Thank you to Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance for offering this set to WODL members!

Here is the set and the members of the Off the Wall carpentry class that built it:

Stage Management Workshop at Guelph Little Theatre - Saturday 16 September

Community Theatre in the WODL Region

A good place to find out about what other WODL groups are doing is the WODL Facebook page, WODL | Facebook. Most of the announcements are at fairly short notice, so check in often!

If your group is putting on an event that you would like included in the October newsletter, please send the information to communications@wodl.on.ca.

What's on this Season in the Bruce-Grey-Huron Region

By Nadia Comeau, WODL Area VP Bruce-Grey-Huron, nadia@wodl.on.ca


  • Home by David Story. Directed by Garnett Colberne
  • Christmas in the Highlands by Warren Robinson. Directed by Eleanor Robinson
  • Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findlay. Directed by David Arbour
  • Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Deb Viera



  • Beauty and the Beast directed by Jennifer Neal.10 performances November 24 to December 9 2023
  • Nested directed by Jaki Mayer-Duggan, 8 performances February 9 to February 24, 2024
  • Gibson & Sons directed Andy Wasylycia, 8 performances April 26 to May 11, 2024
  • Bare, Bear Bones directed by Deb Deckert, 6 performances September 13 to September 22, 2024
  • Clue directed by Erica Everingham, 9 performances November 15 to December 1, 2024



  • Matilda directed by Tom Eaton, December 2023
  • Drinking Habits by Tom Smith, late April to early May 2024

Owen Sound:

  • Bite-sized theatre: One Act Plays, September 2023
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Cory Lapointe, November 2023
  • The Ladies Foursome by Norm Foster, February 2024
  • Something Rotten! April 2024

Off the Wall - Fall 2023

By Michele Boniface, Chair, Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, mboniface@cyg.net

Website: stratfordoffthewall.com

Facebook: @offthewallstrat

Instagram: @offthewallstratfordartists

Hashtags: #stratfordoffthewall #theatreproduction #backstage

Playwrights Canada Press

By Annie Gibson, Publisher at Playwrights Canada Press, annie@playwrightscanada.com

Check out these new books from Playwrights Canada Press!

Recently released: 



Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sissy Mary by Mary-Colin Chisholm

Sissy and Yewina have been on their own for who knows how long exactly. Their rural community has been losing residents for years, but the almost-forgotten stories have lived on with the sisters in both fact and fantasy. When a folklorist shows up looking for answers, he gets more of a tale than he expected.


The Jungle by Anthony MacMahon & Thomas McKechnie

Can Jack and Veronyka ever get ahead? In this all-too-relatable love story in a city suffocating under late-stage capitalism, a young couple is pitted against odd after odd in a way that isn’t about testing one’s character anymore—it’s simply reality.


From the Ashes: Six Solo Plays, edited by Shauntay Grant

From the Ashes collects solo plays by Black Canadian women and womxn that together celebrate the hope, humour, and healing that can come after devastation and loss. From lighthearted comedies to heavy dramas, this anthology contains a multitude of stories on Blackness, love, motherhood, sexuality, trauma, racism, mythology, and more.


Coming soon:


The Master Plan by Michael Healey

In a biting comedy about the failure to build a smart city in Toronto, Michael Healey lampoons the corporate drama, epic personalities, and iconic Canadian figures involved in the messy affair between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto. The Master Plan exposes the hubris of big tech, the feebleness of government, and the dangers of public consultation with sharp wit and insightful commentary.


Queen Goneril by Erin Shields

This feminist, revisionist King Lear prequel centres the daughters as they negotiate patriarchal systems built to keep them relegated to the sidelines.


Shorelines by Mishka Lavigne

A small military-occupied community sits, waiting, parched of natural water while nearby levees hold the rising global shoreline. Seventeen-year-old twins Alix and Evan pass the time in an empty, abandoned pool with what they are able to scavenge from the abandoned houses, while government official Portia returns to familiar places, her past colliding with the present. The planned evacuation notice that eventually reaches all cities has finally come, but the twins learn that survival is not guaranteed. As they rush to reach their grandmother, a retired journalist now living with dementia, her snippets of memories flow like humanity’s record player, skipping tracks before the final flood. A non-linear poetic play that acts like an urgent postcard from the future, Shorelines is a reminder that our only hope for survival lies in the relationships we form with the people around us.

 + see what else is coming soon!

Did you know you can browse our plays by subjects and casting? 

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You can find more new releases, a blog full of interviews and excerpts, and more on playwrightscanada.com.

Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet

The Canadian Play Outlet has over 2000 Canadian Plays right at your fingertips. Looking for something specific? Check out the curated Collections.

Every month you can take a look at the newest unpublished and published plays available!

See August 2023 releases.

Concord Theatricals New Plays

See their latest scripts click here.

If you are Producing Canadian Plays this Season - Check This Out

The Playwrights Guild of Canada publicises productions of Canadian-written plays through its website, www.playwrightsguild.ca.

If you want to perform a Canadian play but cannot figure out where to obtain the amateur performance rights, view this presentation from PGC.

Is your WODL Membership Information Up-to-date?

Are you on the board of a theatre group that belongs to WODL? If your group has:

  • A new President
  • New WODL delegates
  • A new Treasurer

Please let our membership chair, Shirley Bieman, know at membership@wodl.on.ca

Dates for your Diary:

15 September 2023

Deadline for submission of adjudication applications

30 September 2023

Deadline for submissions for the October newsletter.

12 October 2023

Start of adjudications.

15 October 2023

WODL General Meeting

12 April 2024

End of adjudications.

14 April 2024

WODL General Meeting. Announcement of nominations for awards.

Victoria Day Long Weekend, 17 & 18 May 2024

WODL Festival and Reunion Gala 2024.

Victoria Day Long Weekend, 15 - 18 May 2025

WODL Festival 2025, Leamington.

Victoria Day Long Weekend, Sunday 18 May 2025

Awards brunch, Leamington.

This newsletter was prepared by:

Tricia Ward

Communications coordinator


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